Ag News

The United Nations has declared 2016 as the International Year of the pulse crop. “Pulse” is another term for legumes such as dry beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. These crops are gaining in popularity, not just in the United States but internationally. The word “pulse” comes from a Latin name for “thick soup.” “We’re working with Pulse Canada and the Global Pulse Confederation to really develop a brand, a recognition campaign that we could launch here in North America and around the world to really raise the awareness about the importance of pulse crops in the food chain for food...
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As annual meeting time is in full-swing across farm country, one of the busiest guys in the country is Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. This year he is travelling the country talking to farmers about what he sees coming down the road for agriculture. Kohl says agriculture is coming off a ten-year “Super Cycle” created by emerging economies and our Federal Reserve. It ran from 2002 to 2012 and the grain industry benefited the most.  He notes that things heated-up so much for grain pricing that “We forgot about our livestock industry.”  Kohl...
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Nick Giordano A Japanese news agency reports Japanese negotiators are prepared to cut high import tariffs on beef and pork and ease tight restrictions on rice imports for U.S. producers in Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks. Nick Giordano, with the National Pork Producers Council, tells Brownfield there HAS been some movement forward,  “Yeah, there’s been progress in Japan. There’s been progress in the talks. I just can’t get into the specifics.” He tells Brownfield the NPPC has said all along that anything above zero trade barriers from Japan would NOT be acceptable in the 12-country trade deal. Giordano...
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Farmers have some decisions to make in the coming weeks regarding allocation of base acreage for their farm and then participation in the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Production Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. University of Wisconsin Extension economist Dr. Paul Mitchell has run the numbers on both programs. He says for starters, landowners need to make sure their crop yield and base acreage data is up-to-date. If you can, reallocate as much acreage as you can to corn “because your payments go up.”  These are decisions to be made by the land owner by February 28th. Next, the producer...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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